Replacing the Vehicle’s Sun Visor
- Sun visors are hinged flaps attached onto the mounting brackets, which are fixed to the sheet metal on the interior roof.
- The visors are pulled down to block off the blinding sun glare coming from the windshield.
- Over time, your vehicle’s sun visors may start to droop or fall out as the mounts sag or come loose due to some broken mounting hardware.
- Aftermarket car sun visors come in a larger selection since they are offered by a good number of manufacturers.
- Aftermarket sun visors are more competitively priced, and they may offer more intuitive features than the standard OEM design.
It is usually nice to drive out on a sunny day. But when the sun shines at its brightest and hangs low in the horizon, this can also create a glare across the windshield, particularly directed towards the driver and the passenger on the front row.
The sun glare is usually worse an hour after sunrise or at its strongest an hour before sunset. In case of a searing sun glare, the driver has to slow down or at least put enough distance between vehicles because of impaired visibility from the intense light. Other than having a tinted windshield and windows to ease the effect of direct sunlight, what will truly help you drive into the sun is by pulling down your car sun visor. The sun visor will help block off the intensely reflected sunlight that can be blinding.
What is a sun visor?
Sun visors are hinged flaps that are attached onto the mounting brackets, which are basically a metal rod. These mounting brackets are hooked to the sheet metal on the interior roof with screws. The core of the sun visors can be made out of pressboard or molded substrate or polypropylene. The fiberboard can be covered in plastic, vinyl, or other materials.
The visors have two mounting points. The fixed mount lets the visor slide in and out of place, while the swivel mount allows it to be raised or lowered and moved to the side. Sun visors come as a standard feature on vehicles. There is one for the driver side and one for the passenger side.
The visors are pulled down to block off the blinding glare from direct sunlight through the windshield. The visors can also be adjusted and pulled to the side to cover a small part of the window. This keeps the sunlight from shining straight onto the side of the face. Some visors can even be extended along the side windows, covering a wider part up to the pillar.
Sun visors come with clips or pockets where you can keep some small items for your convenience. They also have a flip-up vanity mirror or one with a sliding cover. On some vehicles, these mirrors come with vanity lights that can be adjusted using a dimmer control. A remote garage door control may also be clipped or attached onto the sun visor.
Why do you need to replace the car sun visor?
Over time, your vehicle’s sun visors may start to droop or fall out. As you pull them down, move them to the side, and snap them back to place, the mounts will eventually sag or come loose. Usually the swivel mount suffers the most wear because of the constant movement. If the fasteners that hold the mounts can no longer be tightened or fixed in place because they are torn, seized, or even missing, you will have to replace the old sun visors.
Even if the mounts are still intact, you may have to install new visors if the flaps are already dirty, cracked, or ripped, making the interior look worn and shabby. Although sun visors may not seem like a big deal, they give you a better driving experience and add to your convenience.
How do you choose a sun visor replacement?
If you have to replace the old sun visor, you would want the replacement to be everything that you need (and want) for your vehicle. Consider these when picking out a replacement:
First thing you have to do is to search for sun visors that are specifically made for your vehicle. This way, you can easily narrow down the search and choose from a wide selection that is guaranteed to match your vehicle’s specs when it comes to fit and design. You must know how the sun visors will be installed. Check the mounting requirements and the included hardware. It is always better to replace your visors in pairs. But if you choose to replace just one of the sun visors, make sure that the replacement is for the right location or side (e.g., passenger or driver side), so it will fit.
Most sun visors are manually adjusted by pulling them down, pushing them back in place, and shifting them outward, but there are also visors that are automatically adjusted through built-in motors. Modern sun visors may come in a tinted material to shield the eyes from direct sunlight while also letting you see through them. Some visors are not electronically operated but have a reflective design.
Sun visors usually just cover a small portion of the windshield and side windows. If you prefer more coverage, some visors are designed with a sliding or flip-down panel to block off more light for added convenience and protection. You may install visors with built-in extensions or just add clip-on sun visor extenders. Some extenders use high-definition lenses to filter out harmful ultraviolet rays and intense light. These can be rotated in all angles.
When it comes to the shape, size, color, and material, choose sun visors that match or complement the design of your interior. Most sun visors come in light or dark gray, beige, brown, and black. The sun visors may blend with the rest of the color scheme or may stand out as accents. Also, take time to check the visors’ inclusions and features, such as the clips and mirrors (with or without vanity lights).
Why should you buy aftermarket sun visors for cars?
There are more than a few good reasons for you to consider buying aftermarket sun visors than just limiting your options to what the dealership has to offer. Aftermarket car sun visors come in a wider variety since they are manufactured by different auto parts companies. Because of the larger selection, they are more competitively priced. Aftermarket parts are made with OEM-comparable quality. Aside from the standard factory design, some aftermarket sun visors are made with more intuitive, more advanced features for safety and convenience.
Choosing the Best Sun Visor for Your Ride
A sun visor is used to block the harsh rays of the sun and protect your eyes from its glare. Since it comes in different types and styles, you have to choose carefully which one will best fit your ride. A good sun visor can improve your vehicle's overall interior look while beating the heat at the same time.
Types of sun visor
This type can be manually rotated in a downward position, so you can easily pull it down once the sun hits your eyes and push it back up when you don't need it. Plus, you won't have a hard time installing a manual sun visor because it comes with built-in metal attachment rods. Another good thing about this type is you can also use it as a "wallet" to store some of your stuff such as important registration papers, driver's license, and even some of your favorite CDs. We recommend this type if you want additional protection and extra storage space at the same time.
An automatic sun visor is built with a motor and a sensor that help adjust its position accordingly. Unlike a manual sun visor, it comes in a tinted, transparent material and blocks the sun without decreasing visibility. This type is particularly useful when you're driving under direct sunlight, as it can detect and block blinding reflections effectively, especially those bouncing off the bumpers and rear windows. It can also help keep the interior cooler when the vehicle's parked, as you can lower it to give your windshield full coverage. Although it doesn't give you extra storage space, an automatic sun visor is basically more convenient to use.
Other things to consider when choosing a sun visor
Compact to mid-size vehicles may use standard-size sun visors (24" x 58"), while SUVs and RVs should go for the larger size (27" x 67"). Measure your car's windshield first to find out its exact size.
For automatic sun visors, choose one with a transition-like design that can darken or lighten according to your needs. Also, visors made of reflective or shiny materials are great choices, as these can effectively bounce back heat. For increased visibility, fiberglass sun visors are also recommended.
A sun visor costs around $50 to $150. If you're working on a tight budget, a manual sun visor is a good choice, as it is less expensive than the automatic type.
Sun Visor Replacement Made Easy
A sun visor helps protect your eyes from the blinding glare of the sun. It can improve your visibility and also maintain your dashboard's good condition. Flipping the sun visor up and down constantly may result in wear and tear. Once this part becomes damaged, replace it as soon as possible to prevent the sun from blocking your vision.
Here are the tools you need and the steps to follow in replacing your worn-out sun visor:
Difficulty level: Easy
Tools that you'll need:
- Small, flat-head screwdriver
- Socket set
Step 1: If your sun visor has electrical wiring, disconnect the car's battery first. Next, pull the sun visor down and locate its mounting brackets or the screws holding it in place. Some brackets are concealed with a plastic cover. Find the covers and remove them.
Step 2: Detach the sun visor from its hanging lock. Use a flat-head screwdriver to take the screws out. Insert it under the removal notch. Be careful not to tear up the visor's plastic while doing this.
Step 3: Once the screwdriver is inserted, twist it to pop the covers off the screws.
Step 4: Take out all screws holding the visor mount to your car's roof. You need to start unscrewing from the base for easier removal. Set the screws aside and keep them in a secure place because you will need them for installation later on.
Step 5: After loosening the screws, you can now remove the sun visor from its mounting brackets. Gently tug it from headliner's base. If your sun visor contains electrical fitting for the vanity mirror, disconnect the wiring harness first before freeing the visor.
Step 6: Position the new sun visor over the mounting holes and put the screws back in. Tighten them using the screwdriver.
Step 7: For sun visors with electrical fitting, connect the wiring harnesses first. Make sure the screws are tightened and the electrical components are working properly before pushing the new sun visor in place.
Sun visor installation takes only a few minutes and can be done even by an amateur DIYer.